The email is intended to get people signing up to their Multi Channel Network (MCN) or the AdRev Talent Network as they’ve called it. Doesn’t really apply to most of us who are using AdRev to track our music, so not sure why we’ve received those emails. Most likely because we’re on their mailing lists from when we joined.
Regarding the ‘use Royalty free music in your videos to avoid copyright claims’ statement…check further on in the sentence…”..so be sure not to use any music you haven’t licensed..”
I think they’re just using ‘royalty free’ as a generic term here, meaning music not stolen from a Taylor Swift video. Royalty free music is almost, always backed by a license – which, as we all know, can be used to clear any claims.
Does exclusive / non-exclusive choice affect only the percentage of revenue or does it also affect your possibilities to get featured tracks / trending items or any other features?
+1. I’d also like to know whether appearance of items in search are limited due to non-exclusivity.
I do also wonder if Google short links are also more preferred by Youtube than BitLy in terms of better SEO. It would make sense if they are, but I’m not sure. It does deserve further investigation.
Matt Cutts, the lead web spam and SEO guy at Google actually states here that Google don’t have an issue with the vast majority of shorteners, as long as the shortener uses a 301 or permanent redirect.
That being said, I just wouldn’t be comfortable handing our raw affiliate links directly to Google. Who knows how they’d utilise that information, so I’ll be sticking with Bitly.
Why not use Google’s own url shortening service? You can track clickthroughs with their stats very easy, and there shouldn’t be any integration problems seeing as they own YouTube and all. I didn’t read through all the comments so someone may have mentioned it http://goo.gl/
Yes, goo.gl is definitely an option here, but it’s still not regarded as powerful as bit.ly when it comes to overall analytics, which is placed as the market leader in url shortening. Also there’s that small matter of handing over affiliate links directly into the hands of Google’s data collection centres.
FlossieWood said(I use bitly) Hmmm… I’ve never thought about that.. but yeah, me too. Matt?
prestashopthemes saidYes I also avoid them too, hmm, difficult..
KabbalisticVillage saidMaybe people do, but I tend to stay away from any shortened links because I want to see where I’m going before I click.
I only use the full URL on all of my Youtube videos..i have never had problem. Do you think people click shorter url’s in general though?
Fortunately, these days Bitly links are generally safe, because they use internal and external classifiers and data to determine whether the destination site is spam, virus or malware. Shorteners were abused massively when they first appeared on the scene, but that was quite a few years ago now and things have changed greatly since then.
That said, although not as problematic as it once was, this issue with shorteners does exist and if you’re still unsure, it’s possible to preview the actual destination URL by copy/pasting the Bitly URL to the browser and simply adding + the the end of the link. This will reveal the full length URL so you can see where the link takes you.
Going back to using the full length URLs however, we have to practice caution with this as Google/YouTube may be seeing these as doorway affiliate links to content providers, and from an SEO perspective could actually have a massively detrimental effect on both the referrer and in this case, even Envato themselves.
Google basically dislikes this practice and can severely penalise sites or remove YouTube videos that are associated with it. I’m aware that last year, one major AJ referrer basically saw their web traffic die over just a matter of days, simply because their pages were filled with (full-length) URLs to AJ music pages, most likely causing Google to penalise it as a ‘doorway’ site. Sadly, Google rarely make life any easier for us online sellers!
Thanks, I’ll look into Bitly. I just checked my smartURL stats and I was definitely getting clicks that were not counted in my Envato analytics.
Yep, sounds like to me that SmartURL is stripping the ref code. I’m guessing this is because the service is primarily for rerouting users to country specific sites (such as iTunes, etc) and therefore changing the format. Hope you get them sorted!
Thanks everyone. Yeah, something’s not right here. It looks like since I switched it to a smartURL link I have received absolutely zero YouTube referrals from even my most-viewed videos. Seems really unlikely. I’ll change it back to just the regular full link and see if things change.
Quick tip, but I’d be careful with using the full URL link in the description PZ. I’ve heard that YouTube tends to keep an automated eye on that to prevent spam and so called ‘doorway’ links to external sites, so Bitly is definitely the better option here.
When I switched my links out from full URLs to Bitly a couple of years ago, I did indeed notice a big improvement in referrals.
Hey PZ, as the others mentioned above, Bitly is probably the best URL shortener out there especially for use with referrals. It doesn’t seem to strip out any important elements of the original URL and you also get pretty powerful tracking tools within the Bitly dashboard – so you can see how many clicks, where the links have been shared and so on.
I’ve been using it myself for a few years now, mostly on YouTube and other social networks and never had a problem with it.
Check reviewer Stuck In The Basement’s response here for your answer:http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/exclusive-author-we-can-use-our-music/146787?page=2